But she sang SO many songs from shows I'd never heard of (The Rink? Phil called it the one with the rollerskating dogs, but it was just a dog with rollerskates from the description she gave) that I felt like she represented the tip of a huge iceberg of music I'd only ever experienced a fraction of. So much more wonderful music out there for me to learn! And watching her dance, I though, how strange it was to see this - she represented a physical memory that just couldn't be recreated other than in her body. So much of the stuff she's done and been in is just gone, and yet, as she started singing, "Big Spender," I felt she could hear the words and the movement as a whole within her - a piano ker-slap (thump PIVOT), "I could tell ..." (thrust ripple) "at the time ..." - and so MANY of these things were buried in her, she was a veritable altar of musical theater and should be being carefully mined for all of her knowledge n an expedited basis.
Oh, but to see her sing, "Nowadays ..." just an echo of the old days with Gwen Verdon, but so lovely ... all of those years rising up in front of us, and it was heaven. Aaaah. And then there was more wine and catty comments exchanged between old friends and talking about the rise and fall of musical theater (in England and the US) and how the dogs got rollerskates, plus riding the buzz of finally getting my plane tickets for Easter booked. Truly a great night out!